The Life Of Juan Ponce De Leon

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Have you ever heard of Juan Ponce de Leon? Rumor has it he was searching for the mythical ‘’fountain of youth’’, but historians suggest otherwise. There are no surviving documents saying that Juan Ponce de Leon was searching for the fountain of youth. It is thought that Gonzalo Fernández de Oviedo y Valdez disliked Juan, and attempting to make him look foolish, spread the rumor saying that Juan Ponce de Leon was looking for the fountain of youth.

Both Juan Ponce de Leon’s birthplace and birthdate are not known for sure. Based on their research, historians believe Ponce de Leon was born in either 1460 or 1474. He is thought to be born in Tierra de Campos. Tierra de Campos is a village in northwestern Spain. He was likely born into a noble family. Noble families sons’ were sent to work for famous nobleman. Working for a nobleman would help further his education to become a knight. First, Ponce de Leon became a page to Pedro Nunez de Guzman. As a page, Juan served meals and went to several events with Guzman and his wife. As a teenager, Juan’s position required more work. Juan became a squire. As a squire, Ponce de Leon cared for Guzman’s armor, and assisted him in battle against the muslims.

Ponce de Leon’s career as an explorer began in 1493, on Columbus’s second voyage. He was a conquistador, a leader of the Spanish conquest. He was probably looking to become wealthy from all of the gold in the Americas. Ponce de Leon may have been curious. It is a mystery whether or not he was looking for the fountain of youth. Ponce de Leon helped defeat the Taino indians. He was named governor of the province of Higuey, In 1503, Juan Ponce de Leon served as captain in a force commanded by Nicolas de Ovando. He was governor of Hispaniola at the time. There were many rumors of great amounts of gold in what is now Puerto Rico. He was given permission to explore...

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